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Friday 17th September 2021

There has been a busy buzz of learning this week in school and we are delighted to have welcomed our newest pupils to Willow Class and Cherry Class for their first few days. The children quickly settled in to their calm learning environment, and the teaching team in Early Years are very proud of the positive start your children have made!

Come and Visit our Library!

We are excited to announce that our Library is once again open, both before and after school. The times coincide with the opening and closing of the school gates:

  • Morning:   8:35am - 8:45am
  • Afternoon:   3:15pm - 3.25pm

We have over 9000 books of many genres, so please encourage your children to visit the Library and take a book home to enjoy.
 

Parents' Evenings

We are happy to confirm the dates for our first parents' evenings. This year we will be offering a choice of a face to face conversation in school (like we always used to!) or a video call appointment (which we tried for the first time last year). We know that many parents and carers found the video calls far easier to attend. More details about how to book an appointment will be sent to you soon.

  • Wednesday 24th November - "Face to Face" Parents' Evening
  • Thursday 25th November - "Video Call" Parents' Evening

COVID notifications

You are probably aware that children no longer have to self-isolate if they have been identified as a "close contact" of somebody who tests positive for COVID-19. This means that we are no longer required to close whole classes or year groups if we have a confirmed case in school. In line with this approach, we are also no longer required to notify parents and carers of every confirmed case of COVID in school. However, our guidance and risk assessment state that if we have a small number of connected cases within a 10-day period, we will notify the Department for Education and seek public health advice. This may lead to additional measures such as notifying parents or switching to remote learning. (Full details of these thresholds are contained in the school's COVID Risk Assessment.) We recognise this is a change to how things were, and we will always work within the guidance we receive from central government, public health and our Health and Safety consultants "Delegated Services". Please get in touch if you have any questions about our COVID risk assessment or control measures.

A Message from Moose

Moose had a great summer and are glad to be back for term one. If you require afterschool provision, we do still have some spaces available. If you are already registered with us, please ensure that all your children's details including their classes are up to date on IPAL. Please contact us if you have any further questions.

The Moose Team.

Tours for New Parents and Carers

At this time of year, parents and carers looking for a Reception place in 2022 will start to visit local primary schools to help make their decisions. We have organised a number of tours for new parents which can be booked by calling the school office. If you know of any families interested, please direct them to our New to Reception page on the website. The tours are taking place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 3rd November 2021 @ 9:30am
  • Tuesday 9th November 2021 @ 1:30pm
  • Wednesday 17th November 2021 @ 9:30am
  • Friday 19th November 2021 @ 1:30pm
  • Tuesday 23rd November @ 4pm (after school)
  • Tuesday 30th November 2021 @ 1:30pm
  • Tuesday 11th January 2022 @ 1:30pm

Friends of Victoria Park Primary School

About The PTFA

The Friends of Victoria Park Primary School aim to raise money, build the school community, and help enrich our children’s education. We’re excited to announce that we’ve already pledged over £6,000 to some amazing enrichment activities including: drama workshops for year 2 pupils, a visiting theatre performance in years 3 and 4, and a performance and workshops for pupils in years 5 and 6. Not only are these wonderful opportunities for the children, they support local theatre companies who have been hit hard by the pandemic.

What’s On 2021/22

We've put together a short booklet containing lots of essential information:

  > A welcome message from the chair of the PTFA

  > 6 easy ways to help raise money for the school

  > Other ways to support your PTFA

  > A list of events for 2021/22

Download your copy from our website now!

Art On The Hill – 2 Oct

The school will be open on 2 Oct from 11am-4pm to showcase some of the student's amazing art work, and the PTFA will be providing refreshments in the school hall, but…

…we need YOUR help! Please get baking and drop your donations of (clearly labelled, and nut-free) cakes into the school office from Thurs 30th Sept – or bring them along on the day. Please e-mail victoriapark.ptfa@gmail.com to pledge a cake.

We also need a team of volunteers to set up, serve refreshments and tidy away on the day. You can sign-up to help at our events website: www.pta-events.co.uk/friendsofvictoriaparkprimaryschool

Save The Date for the PTFA Quiz

Book your baby-sitter: the ever-popular PTFA Quiz will now be taking place on Thursday 14 Oct at 7:30pm! More details to follow in next week’s newsletter…

Other information

This section of the newsletter is for links, documents and other information which has been sent to us from outside of school. We have included each item because we think you might be interested, but we are not responsible for the content.

Click the flyer below for information about October half term Printmaking workshops at Creative Space on North Street.

Bramble Farm is a local community farm on The Northern Slopes, run by local families. Their open day is this weekend, during which they are welcoming people to come see the farm in all it's late summer glory. There will be a honey and cake sale, refreshments, bramble farm pork sausage BBQ, badge making, a used toy sale and a chance to see their pigs, goats and chickens. This event is part of the Bristol wide "Get Growing Trail" and all money raised will help fund fencing repairs needed for our goat and pig pen. 

We hope you find this newsletter helpful, enjoyable and informative. Please let us know what you think about our communications by taking part in the Homework and Communications Survey for parents and carers. Many thanks to those of you who have already responded. Have a lovely weekend!

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